Students receive NCTE fellowships

July 15, 2014

Sakeena Everett

Two doctoral students in the College of Education at Michigan State University have been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Sakeena Everett and Lorena Gutierrez are among 12 scholars selected for NCTE’s Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color program, 2014-2016 cohort. The fellowship connects advanced doctoral students and junior scholars with a leading scholar in the field for one-to-one mentoring. Fellows also attend special professional development events to refine and enhance their research.

Lorena Gutierrez

Lorena Gutierrez

Gutierrez and Everett are both in the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education (CITE) program at MSU, and are specializing in Urban Education.

Gutierrez’s research focuses on the language practices of migrant farm workers enrolled in a GED program. Everett is studying the academic identities of high performing young Black men in urban contexts with an emphasis on listening to the students’ own perspectives about education.

Many of today’s leading language and literacy scholars have received the Cultivating New Voices fellowship since 2000, including current College of Education faculty member Django Paris and graduates David Kirkland and Tambra Jackson.